barrelofmonkeys wrote:Could the two of you who mentioned the PI-focus talk a bit more about that? I'm curious what sorts of things gave you the vibe / how sincere you felt it was / etc.
I was also there at ASD last week. They seemed quite sincere. They talked about how at Columbia, there's no sense of divide between people who want to do PI and those who don't. They also focused on how PI isn't monolithic and can encompass a wide variety of career options from government to international organization to non-profit etc. Some of the professors during the coffee chats also mentioned their connections to PI jobs at the state department/international organizations.